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Now & Then: Sonora hosts Cal in 1904 Thanksgiving football clash | News



Watching a game of football while enjoying or preparing Thanksgiving dinner is an American tradition that dates back to the 19th century.

The first Thanksgiving Day football game was played in Philadelphia in 1869 between the Young America Cricket Club and Germantown Cricket Club. It was two weeks after Rutgers University defeated Princeton University in what many consider to be the first gridiron game, and six years after President Abraham Lincoln fixed the national holiday’s date for the final Thursday of November.



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